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LASIK

Imagine waking up and seeing your alarm clock, or going about each day without the hassle of contact lens cases, messy solutions and dry eyes. Visualize a world that you can fully see, all the time.

Laser vision correction is helping people who are 21 years of age or older, are nearsighted or farsighted or have astigmatism. “Refractive surgery” is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems to reduce dependence on prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. The procedure uses a precision laser to reshape the cornea enabling light entering the eye to properly focus onto the retina for clearer vision.

Is LASIK Right for You

Infographic of a "Good LVC Candidate"People with myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism can benefit from laser vision correction. LASIK does not correct presbyopia which is the need for reading glasses. After age 40 you will still need reading glasses at some point. Other common attributes of a good LASIK candidate are illustrated below.

The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate is to have a free consultation. Dr. Carlson will present you with your options including LASIK, LASEK or PRK, and give you the information you need to select the procedure that is best for you and your vision. You will also have an opportunity to meet with our patient care coordinator to schedule a procedure if you are ready to proceed with laser vision correction.

LASIK at Claris

Claris Eye Care & Surgery has a world-class team that carefully crafts vision correction solutions tailored to each of our patient’s needs. Dr. Carlson has conducted thousands of surgeries, helping people eliminate their need for glasses for over 20 years. He uses Contoura® Vision which enhances the results of LASIK providing a more personalized and precise outcome.

Dr. Carlson utilizes the WaveLight Refractive Suite which includes the Alcon WaveLight® EX500 Wavefront Optimized Excimer laser, the FS200 Femtosecond laser and Contoura® topography-guided system. The WaveLight® EX500 laser provides a very wide range of treatments and is extremely fast. In fact, more people can be candidates for laser vision correction with this laser than ever before. The speed of the EX500 laser makes for an easier treatment experience.

What to Expect with Surgery

Preparing for your surgery

Before LASIK eye surgery, Dr. Carlson will perform a thorough eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure. He will evaluate:

  • The shape and thickness of your cornea
  • Other eye conditions
  • Your general health history and any medications you are taking to determine if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK.
  • The moisture level of your eyes will also be evaluated, and a precautionary treatment may be recommended to reduce your risk of developing dry eyes after LASIK.

What to expect during your procedure

The surgical process is comprised of five main steps:

  1. Your medical history is reviewed and a mild sedative is given.
  2. Your eyelids and lashes are thoroughly cleaned and anesthetic drops are applied to the eye(s). A gentle lid speculum is used to hold the eyelid open.
  3. A protective tissue flap is created, revealing the inner corneal tissue.
  4. Computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light are applied to the inner layers of the cornea, reshaping it to mimic a corrective contact lens or glass prescription.
  5. Dr. Carlson gently replaces the tissue flap and aligns it to its original position. It heals over several days.

What to expect after your procedure

There are a few things to expect after the procedure is finished. Some blurry vision and haziness immediately after surgery are normal, however, clarity should improve by the very next morning. Your eyesight should continue to improve and stabilize over the first week, although in some cases it may take several weeks or longer.
Most patients are able to go to work the next day. You will need to use medicated drops and artificial tears during your post-operative healing time. It is recommended not to swim or use a hot tub for two weeks after surgery.
Most people achieve 20/20 vision or better after their surgery, but LASIK results do vary. Some people may achieve only 20/40 vision or less, and may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses following laser vision correction, though your prescription level typically will be much lower than before.

Are there any risks with LASIK?

While the LASIK procedure itself has an excellent safety profile, post-surgery issues can occur, such as infection, dry eye or night glare (starbursts, halos or rainbows that are most noticeable when you’re viewing lights at night, such as while you’re driving). Fewer than 3% of people will need a LASIK enhancement, or “touch up” procedure, a few months after the primary surgery to achieve ideal visual acuity.

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